Becoming a parent is very exciting time. But it also means you have someone to go on a roller coaster with, and you might as well enjoy the ride. Sometimes it’s hard finding backyard water park ideas for kids. One of the main issues is finding ideas that can be adjusted to fit your space, as well as your budget.
Summer and birthdays are just around the corner and you want to do something special for him or her. Your mind is going crazy trying to think of the perfect present yet all you see are big sums of money that seem unattainable for your budget. You wish you can give your child the backyard water park fun he or she deserves, but it’s either too expensive or a backyard water park simply won’t fit in the yard!
If this sounds like you and if you are wondering how, you could afford a backyard water park for your child, let me introduce to you some creative ideas that will help put a smile on your child’s face.
There are many different options available, but here are some of the most popular ways to set up your Backyard Waterpark:
1. Make a Splash Pad at Home
These DIY splash pads are simple to construct. A tarp, duct tape, scissors, an empty two-liter bottle, and access to the hose are all you’ll need.
Step 1: Using your scissors, poke a few holes in the bottle. We suggest concentrating on the edges and bottom of the bottle.
Step 2: Take your tarp outside and set it up in the backyard. Make sure it’s not too close to the hose.
Step 3: Attach the bottle to the hose and set it in the tarp’s middle. Keep an eye on the little ones as they enjoy a good time!
2. Using a tarp, make your own slip n’ slide
One of our favorite methods to beat the summer heat is to do this. With a tarp, dish soap, and a yard hose, you can make your own slip n’ slide.
First, set out your tarp in the backyard. Dish soap should be applied on the surface.
Step 2: Spray the surface with water to make it extremely slippery.
Step 3: Get the kids going and watch them slide around the yard!
3. Put Together a DIY Noodle Sprinkler
If you’ve got some pool noodles lying around, you can add a few accessories to give your kids a sprinkler.
Step 1: Tape your pool noodles together so that they form a circle. Make sure you pull the tape taut so there won’t be any leaks.
Step 2: Use the skewers to poke holes in the noodles.
Step 3: Cut a small opening into the top of the sprinkler using your scissors. Insert the hose and secure it in place using some more tape.
Step 4: Attach the sprinkler to a tree limb or a pole using some string. Then, simply turn on the hose!
4. Play Water Balloon Dodgeball
Water balloon dodgeball is one of the simplest backyard water games you can play.
Step 1: Divide the group up into two teams. Designate a line in the yard they aren’t allowed to cross using painter’s tape.
Step 2: Fill up your water balloons and place them in a bucket in the center of the field.
Step 3: Let the games begin! Make sure each team member knows their goal is to hit their opponents with as many water balloons as possible. Anyone who gets soaked is out!
5. Create a Water Blob for Your Backyard Water Park
One of the most popular backyard water park ideas is to create a fun Water Blob. All you need are 4 materials and a little bit of time to create it.
Step 1: Fold the tarp in half. Use an iron to seal the three open sides together, but make sure to leave a small hole for the hose. Use your parchment paper between the iron and the sheeting so that the material doesn’t melt.
Step 2: Fill the tarp up with water and seal the hole. You can also add glitter or food coloring for a fun little pop.
Step 3: Tape up the hole and let the kids start sliding around! You can spray the water blob with the
To make a water blob for your backyard water park, you’ll need:
- A large plastic tarp (at least 4′ x 6′ in size)
- A box of 100% silicone caulk
- A tube of clear liquid nail adhesive
- Duct tape (optional)
6. Set Up Some Water Balloon Piñatas
If you don’t want to clean up a bunch of little pieces of broken water balloons, you can use a water balloon piñata instead. This works especially well if you have a lot of kids to entertain, since it keeps them all busy at once.
Step 1: Fill up your water balloons about halfway to capacity.
Step 2: Tie some string around the knot and hang them from a higher surface (if you have a swing set, the monkey bars are a great place to start).
Step 3: Have the kids form a line. Give the first in line a plastic bat and tell them to start swinging. If you want to blindfold them, you can. If not, you can simply tell them to close their eyes!
7. Create a Kid Wash
The best way to keep the kids cool is to give the kids a place to wash off. Whether you use an old tire, an inflatable pool, or anything else you can think of, creating a kid wash will provide hours of fun and entertainment. All you need is some water and a hose.
Sprinkle your purchases around the backyard. You can even create stations using these inflatable items. Think about filling up an inflatable pool with water balloons, for instance. Or maybe the kids would prefer taking turns going down an inflatable water slide instead. You can also pick up a unicorn sprinkler or inflatable slip-and-slide. Mix it up and see what everyone likes best!
The best thing about creating a backyard water park for kids is that you are not limited by size and expense, unlike many homes pool designs. Creativity and imagination are the keys to a fun and exciting water park for children. And some good old fashioned hard work doesn’t hurt either!